A drag queen who typically performs hits by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé stepped outside his usual musical repertoire this weekend after receiving a special request for catchy children’s tune Baby Shark from a toddler in the audience.
Marti Gould Cummings gets all dressed up and performs at a drag brunch at Talde, a restaurant in nearby Jersey City, New Jersey — but usually, he’s lip-syncing and dancing to chart-toppers by the world’s best known pop princesses.
However, when a two-year-old boy in the audience asked for the popular kids’ song Baby Shark, Marti was all too happy to oblige and perform a new song.
Totally game: Marti Gould Cummings performs at a drag brunch at a restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey — and this weekend a two-year-old asked him to play Baby Shark
Loving it! Marti shared a video of the moment on Twitter, writing, ‘When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!’
The request was made during the ‘Drag Roulette’ portion of the brunch, which sees guests at the restaurant given the opportunity to request their favorite songs, which Marti then performs to.
But as well as the traditional upbeat chart-toppers that are normally requested, one young boy added something a bit more unusual into the mix – delighting both Marti and the other drag brunch guests, as well as hundreds of thousands of people online.
Marti posted a video of the funny moment on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday afternoon, and it’s since been viewed 630,000 times and counting.
‘When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!!!’ he wrote.
The video shows Marti clapping and sitting on the table, playing right to the two-year-old who requested his favorite song.
The toddler is clearly enjoying himself, bouncing on a man’s knee while smiling and clapping along. In fact, the whole room seems to be having a great time, laughing and clapping as the sweet moment unfolded.
Marti has had the same reaction from internet fans.
Dance party: The video shows Marti clapping and sitting on the table, playing right to the two-year-old who requested his favorite song
Cute! The toddler is clearly enjoying himself, bouncing on a man’s knee while smiling and clapping along
Moves: Marti tweeted later, ‘The biggest internet “Hate” is that I didn’t do the choreography to Baby Shark… guess I better learn it!’
‘This is seriously my favorite video rn. We STAN a queen who’s not afraid to play to the kids. I bet those parents loved it. YAS. OMG,’ wrote one man.
‘My twins just yelled, “I wanna go see that!” Success!’ wrote a mother.
‘Hahaha thanks for being such a great performer for my nephew, glad everyone had a good Saturday morning,’ the toddler’s uncle chimed in.
‘So many people have responded to the video with so much love,’ Marti told NBC News. ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez liked it on Instagram. Gus Kenworthy and Audra McDonald retweeted.
‘The internet can be such a toilet for negative, toxic behavior and misinformation, so it feels incredible to be part of this one moment that is using the internet to spread so much love and joy,’ he said.
In fact, he later tweeted that the only negative reaction has been about his dance moves.
‘The biggest internet “Hate” is that I didn’t do the choreography to Baby Shark… guess I better learn it!’
‘Drag is expression, and children are such judgment-free beings; they don’t really care what you’re wearing, just what you’re performing,’ Marti said
He added: Kids have no judgement. They’re just happy to have someone who is happy and clapping along and treating them like a human being’
Children have been at the restaurant’s ‘What’s the Tea?’ Drag Brunch before, which is the city’s longest-running drag show. But usually, Marti said, they’re pretty engrossed in their iPads or other electronic devices.
The little boy at this show seems to have been more engaged, so when it came time to do ‘Drag Roulette’, Marti asked the tot if he wanted to choose.
He said that the cute kid’s reaction proves wrong any nay-sayers who feel uncomfortable with children around drag queens.
‘Anyone who thinks drag isn’t for children is wrong. Drag is expression, and children are such judgment-free beings; they don’t really care what you’re wearing, just what you’re performing,’ he said.
‘You’re taught how to discriminate and you’re taught how to hate,’ he added in an interview with the New York Daily News.
‘Kids have no judgement. They’re just happy to have someone who is happy and clapping along and treating them like a human being.’
‘It would be nice if us adults could let the child inside of us out for a little bit, so maybe we could all be a little more accepting of others ourselves,’ he told NBC.